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WebMD – Health & Pregnancy Health Center

WebMD - Health & Pregnancy Health Center covers the gamut of pregnancy from pre-pregnancy & getting pregnant, through the 3 trimesters, to labor & delivery, including labor induction & C-section. There is also information about multiple gestation, amniocentesis, and many pregnancy complications, such as gestational diabetes, ectopic pregnancy & placenta previa. This section is recommended as high-quality site for families contemplating and progressing through pregnancy.

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Review Date: 4/15/2019

Scoring

Ease of Use

The landing page has a brief overview and provides a subtopic list that allows users to narrow their search. Content does not always present logically because related articles, blogs, message boards, and advertisements are mixed throughout. Subtopic organization seems random. Further, nested links send users deeper and deeper into searches without an easy return to the landing page. While the information here is patient-centered and educational, the site is one of the more difficult medical websites to navigate.

Visual Design

The pages are cluttered with a flurry of lists, articles, tools, and advertisements that clog the browsing experience. The reader's eye wanders all over the page due to the multiple areas for exploration. Large font and small chunks of text with lots of white space in between should make the content easy to read, but like the rest of WebMD, this section is not very visually pleasing.

Quality

Women will be assured of comprehensive and detailed content that provides an excellent overview of pregnancy, delivery, and complications associated with them. There is a general statement that the content is based on recent evidence and practice. Better yet, all content is referenced and reviewed by medical professionals, many of whom are specialists. Some topics are explored in more depth than others, but this may be the premier site for women striving for a healthy pregnancy and child.

Credibility

All site content is authored and reviewed by a qualified staff of physicians, medical journalists, and health reporters. Even with such a large amount of information, WebMD makes sure its content is credible with extensive referencing & review by subject area experts and regular updates. This section carries all the authority and credibility associated with WebMD, so expectant parents can be assured that the information presented is credible and will help them understand pregnancy & many of the health issues associated with pregnancy & delivery

Pros

  1. Comprehensive and detailed trip through all the stages of pregnancy
  2. Valuable complementary information about multiple gestation, amniocentesis, and many pregnancy complications, such as gestational diabetes, ectopic pregnancy, & placenta previa
  3. Links to other WebMD sites, such as newborn & baby health, add additional depth

Cons

  1. Pages are cluttered with commercial advertisements and links to news and additional information
  2. Searching keywords returns an overwhelming number of results, many are irrelevant, which cannot be filtered
  3. Need to navigate multiple sections and pages per topic and link to other articles to get an overall/more complete picture

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: Internet Brands, LLC, a for-profit consumer media company

Accreditations: HON seal (Nov. 2018), TRUSTe-certified, URAC-accredited

Additional Features: News, newsletter, blogs, video library, slideshow, including pregnancy visual timeline, ovulation & due date calculator, links to related articles, support services & other resources, find an obstetrician

Languages: English

Contact: mheinley@webmd.net

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